Joshua I. Smith is a nationally renowned entrepreneur, business executive and speaker. Since 1998, he has been Chairman and Managing Partner of the Coaching Group. He founded many companies including one of the largest and fastest growing African American companies in the United States, MAXIMA Corporation. Recognized as an expert on entrepreneurship and small and minority business issues, he was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush as the first Chairman of the U. S. Commission on Minority Business Development. President Bush also appointed him to the board of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Presidential Library Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the 1990 Summit of Industrialized Nations. Smith was the first African American to serve on the boards of directors of FedEx Corp., Caterpillar, Inc. and Inland Steel Corp. He also served on the boards of Allstate Insurance Corp., the US Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman of the National Urban Coalition. In July 2008, Smith launched Biz Talk with Josh Smith, serving as its host. The show is an exciting weekly business program on CBS Radio in Washington, D.C. that targets unique developments and issues of entrepreneurship which impact small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. The show is carried on other stations including WCSU FM (Central State) in Ohio and WAUG AM (St. Augustine College) in North Carolina. Earlier in his career he was a high school teacher in Washington DC, served on the faculties of Central State University and the University of Akron, was Executive Director of the American Society for Information Science and served in executive management capacities for Herner and Company and Plenum Publishing Corp. Smith is the recipient of over 400 awards, citations and honors for outstanding achievement including the inaugural HBCU Alumnus of the Year by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 2014 and is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He received five honorary doctorate degrees from the following institutions: Central State University, Bowie State University, Florida International University, Sojourner Douglass College and Delaware State University. A 1963 cum laude graduate of Central State University, Smith is one of six children who graduated from CSU. In recognition of his leadership, service and contributions to his alma mater, the nation and the world, in October, 2014, CSU named one of its prominent buildings the Joshua I. Smith Center for Education and Natural Sciences. Smith resides in suburban Washington, DC with his wife and Partner of 35 years, Reverend Jacqueline Jones-Smith.

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